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Stephen Colbert is the only host in late night TV who plays a character. On “The Colbert Report,” he’s a self-absorbed, closed-minded caricature of a jingoistic talk show host, who is supposed to be anything but endearing.
But Americans embrace him anyway. Colbert is the most-liked late night talk show host, according to data that the Q Scores company provided to TheWrap. The leader of Colbert Nation and host of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” has the highest Positive Q Score in late night: a 20.
To create Q Scores, executive vice president Henry Schafer and his team provides a celebrity’s name and a brief description to more than 1,800 viewers. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person, and how they feel about him or her. The average Positive Q Score for a celebrity is 15.
On top of winning the People’s Choice Award for Best Late Night Host, this has to be welcome news (or, uh, data.) We all knew Stephen had a high I.Q., now “The Wrap” has demonstrated he has a high “Q,” too. Who knew? We did here at the Hub, for sure! You can see the overall late night host rankings at The Wrap.
Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz, host of the weekly media criticism show ‘Media Buzz’, is angry at Stephen Colbert for making fun of his report on whether Hillary Clinton is too old to run for President of the United States, on the February 26th edition of ‘The Colbert Report’. Kurtz claims that his report was taken out of context, and is angered at ‘The Colbert Reports’ for its use of “selective editing” in which it
broadcast an edited version of his report, and not the whole segment. Thus by gaining some “cheap laughs” at Kurtz expense.
Unlike his Fox News colleagues who take pride at Colbert’s ribbing, Kurtz has written to Fox News Insider, claiming that he is going to “take on” Stephen Colbert by criticising him on ‘Media Buzz’ on Sunday, March 2nd at 11am and 5pm ET.
Read Howard Kurtz exclusive blog previewing this Sunday’s ‘Media Buzz’ on Fox News Insider.
Splitsider, echoing a suggestion we’ve been banding about here at CNH, wrote an article exhorting team TCR to get some shiny new faces alongside Stephen’s on the Report. Here’s an excerpt:
Throughout the eight years and change The Colbert Report has been on the air, the show hasn’t relied on correspondents very much, but it was something the writers experimented with in the early days. Every late night show has a “figuring things out” period as different segments and styles of comedy are tested out in its first weeks, and Colbert toyed with the notion of recurring correspondents. Colbert’s Second City Chicago colleague Tim Meadows played black Republican commentator P.K. Winsome, and David Cross portrayed Colbert’s Al Franken-esque liberal pundit rival Russ Lieber, but neither have popped up on the show in years.
While’s Colbert’s nature as a comedy one-man-band makes great entertainment, his correspondents still manage to bring a different voice to the show. Sure, Colbert would be capable of playing a gay character to comment on Russia’s homophobia, but having the perspective of a real gay guy, Scott Thompson, adds another dimension and some depth to the segments. Colbert is an amazing comedian and he and his writers know how to write for him, but adding another talented comedy person to the show here and there doesn’t hurt. Eight years is a long time for any show to be on the air, and continuing to add new elements into the mix and evolve will help Colbert Report from resting on its laurels and becoming stale.
While the show in many ways seemingly gets better and better with Stephen + guests as the main event, our fearless host does have a treasure trove of friends from Second City and elsewhere that can lend their talents and spice up any segment he chooses. Either way, I think, it’s fine, but I tend to concur with Splitsider.
What do you think? Who have been your favorite “correspondents” on TCR, and who might you like to see on the show in all faux-seriousness?
On Valentine’s Day 2007 a love of Romeo and Juliet proportions was unveiled in the United States. This love followed the quickest way to one’s heart: via the stomach. February 14, 2007 was the official launch date of Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream ice cream. The delicious creation has been one of the most popular offerings ever by Vermont’s progressive ice cream purveyor, Ben & Jerry’s.
To celebrate the anniversary, Ben & Jerry’s will spread some peace, love and ice cream in the Big Apple delivering free scoops of AmeriCone Dream including full pints to each of Colbert’s studio audiences during the week of the flavor anniversary.
Starting tonight, the Olympics will get the late-night treatment as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” presents “Jason Jones Live from Sochi-Ish” with reports from Correspondent Jason Jones in Moscow and “The Colbert Report’s” Sochi 2014 Sport Report coverage “From Russia with Love, (But No Gay Stuff)” with Stephen’s longtime producer and old friend from theater camp, Buddy Cole.
When news stories fall through the cracks, we here at Colbert News Hub catch it for a post we call “In the Press”.
Hello Hubsters! Once again, we present the latest buzz regarding Stephen, Jon and everyone in their circle. Well, the Superb Owl is over and it’s that time of year when sports fans are dying for oxygen. There’s no more football until September and MLB spring training is just around the corner, but hey at least there’s the Olympics, right? The Luge is just as good as Peyton Manning blowing the snap.
In this edition we have lots about Stephen’s Wonderful Pistachios ads and and a whole swath of late night stuff.